Inspirational Quotes to Commemorate Black History Month

February is Black History Month- Inspirational Quotes to Commemorate Black History Month

February is a huge month for the African American community to celebrate and share their heritage. From ending slavery to gaining the right to vote and end Jim Crow Laws, there is a lot to be thankful for as we continue to grow as a country.

Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the biggest leaders during the end of racial segregation was none other than Martin Luther King Jr. He lead the African American community to fight the inequalities of the country based solely on skin color. He urged everyone to come together and unite as one. His messages were truly for everyone.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Frederick Douglass
A national leader of the abolitionists, Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery to become an orator, writer and statesman in the 1800s. He wrote several best-selling autobiographies and was a firm believer in equality of all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, etc. He campaigned hard against slavery and even became the first African American to be nominated for Vice President as the running mate with Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Party Rights ticket.

He wrote many books and inspired many people in his time. Some of his quotes include:

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”

“A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.”

Maya Angelou
A brilliant poet, singer, memoirist and American Civil Rights Activist, Maya Angelou was no stranger to the spotlight. She was a great influencer, leader and winner of many awards for her publications. Some of her quotes are as follows:

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” –

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“When you know you are of worth, you don’t have to raise your voice, you don’t have to become rude, you don’t have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn’t have to protest.”

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Coretta Scott King
Wife to Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King was also an involved activist and a great leader of her time. She was also an accomplished singer. Following the assassination of her husband, King became even more involved in civil rights and the women’s movement as well. Some of her influencing quotes include:

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

“My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self.”

“Revenge and retaliation always perpetuate the cycle of anger, fear and violence.”

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

There are several other leaders and influencers of the African  community that should not go unnoticed. Here are a few other inspiring quotes to commemorate Black History Month:

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”
—W.E.B. Du Bois

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
—Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court member

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

“Freedom is never given; it is won.”
—A. Philip Randolph, civil rights activist

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
—Booker T. Washington

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